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Art Waves is an arts-interview radio program which airs live every Sunday evening from 7 to 8 at 10l.5 FM. Google "1015 The Hawk" to listen to the program in real time, or find podcasts of past programs here.

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Lynn Whitlaw Varey's first children's book, Bocconcinio Di Parma Saves the Day! was inspired by a donkey she used to see on her way to the cottage near Burk's Falls. She wrote it as a legacy book for her grandchildren, and wanted to find just the right illustrator. When she ran across the work of Keisha Neoma-Quinn, she knew she had found the artist who could bring her story to life.
Topics: Almaguin Highlands, Burk's Falls, solar farms, donkeys, Sealed Art, yoga, Cabbagetown, Riverdale...
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Jun 19, 2016
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David McLaughlin doesn't believe there's a dichotomy between arts and crafts. A chemical engineer by profession, he loves to tinker in his aptly-named Multicraft Studio, with found materials of every kind. The results are one of a kind creations, often with a practical application, that would make William Morris sit up and take notice.
Topics: glass slumping, recycling, repurposing, Barbara Patterson, stained glass, Hamilton forges, pattern...
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After many successes at the Hamilton Fringe in recent years, Ryan Sero has written a new play for the festival. Anybody Else involves a troubled relationship and Sigmund Freud. Though he is reluctant to use the term, just between you and me, it's a romantic comedy, starring Pamela Gardner, Sean Emberley, & Ryan himself. All three came by to tell us about Anybody Else and much else.
Topics: Hamilton Fringe Festival, Anybody Else, romantic comedy, Sigmund Freud, archtypes, Woody Allen,...
Art Waves
Jun 5, 2016
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When David Neil Lee told Noelle Allen, of Wolsak & Wynn that Hamilton needed its own horror novel, she insisted the protagonist be sixteen years old. Let The Midnight Games begin! Find out the real reason Ivor Wynne Stadium had to be torn down. Lee may write a terrifying YA novel, but he is a hilarious and most entertaining radio guest.  This episode closes with the song Words by Lucinda Williams.
Topics: Wolsak & Wynn, Noelle Allen, Paul Bley, jazz, horror, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Tim Hortons Field,...
Art Waves
May 29, 2016
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Hamilton historian Margaret Houghton is about to retire after more than three decades as the archivist for the Central Library. It's been a job she has loved and will miss, and library patrons will certainly miss her. A sort of walking card catalogue, Houghton has at her fingertips thousands of stories about Hamilton, which she fondly calls the largest small town in Canada.
Topics: Hamilton Public Library, Bank of Montreal building, St. Paul's, archives, London Insane Asylum, Old...
Art Waves
May 22, 2016
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Singer/songwriter Hadahawis Parent works with both Native musical traditions and mainstream Canadian musical traditions. He plays the hand drum, the Mohawk water drum and the guitar. He sings traditional songs, cover songs and his own songs. He has learned that they all have the power to heal if you approach them with pure intentions.
Topics: Six Nations Reserve, Mohawk Turtle Clan, hand drum, Mohawk water drum, guitar, The Old Mush...
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May 15, 2016
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Marla Panko is a visual artist who enjoys making a forest from the trees—or from anything that strikes her fancy. She's interested in creating a new poetic hybrid from fragments. When you get all the pieces right, she says, you don't see the parts, you see the whole. Panko works in whatever medium the materials call for to bring her ideas to life.
Topics: printmaking, U. of Guelph, Walter Bachinski, Gene Chu, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy,...
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Poet and scholar Jeffery Donaldson turns the tables on Art Waves host Bernadette Rule in this episode, as he interviews her about her collection of poems, Earth Day in Leith Churchyard: Poems in Search of Tom Thomson (Seraphim Editions, 2016). The program closes with four songs: Hard Times sung by Thomas Hampson; Tom Thomson's Mandolinby Bob Yates; Shining Birch Tree by Wade Hemsworth; and Brush & Paddle by Ian Tamblyn.
Topics: Tom Thomson, Jeffery Donaldson, Owen Sound, Leith, Don McKay, Kitty Lewis, Carys Ryan, Winnifred...
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May 1, 2016
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It's most appropriate that we kick off the Gemini month of May with singer/songwriter Derek Palango. He's a new father of twins, and he performs with two groups, Checkerboard Floors & The Corduroys. For a double dose of talent tune in to hear this dynamic young musician. And there's a bonus: the episode closes with his Juno Songwriting Competition second-place winner, Turn it On, written for and about Hamilton.
Topics: Matt Outserson, Tyler Wilson, Rob Shorney, Checkerboard Floors, The Corduroys, Les Palango, Image...
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Mar 19, 2016
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Jennifer Gillies returns to give us the line-up for the twelfth year of Hamilton's literary festival, gritLit, which takes place over the week spanning Apr. 3rd to 10th. As always, it features famous as well as up and coming writers. This year several new events have been added, including events for young writers and a Sunday afternoon “All About Hamilton” celebration of works by local writers and/or set in the Hammer.
Topics: gritLit Live, Battle of the Books, Ontario Library Association, Hamilton Central Library, Art...
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Mar 13, 2016
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Barbara Studham is a writer who has documented her twenty years of raising four grandchildren with fetal alcohol syndrome. First she wrote about it in her blog at www.challengedhope.com and then in two memoirs, Two Decades of Diapers and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the Teen Years. Her story is heart-rending, her courage is remarkable, and her message is important.  Studham credits writing with keeping her sane.
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Topics: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, FAS and FASD, www.challengedhope.com, blogging, self-publishing,...
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Mar 6, 2016
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Six Nations artist Betts Doxtater created a diorama of the ancient story of how Peacemaker brought the Great Law to the Five Nations. She was moved to make it after seeing a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's mural of The Last Supper. Where are ours? she asked herself. If we had something like that to represent one of our stories, what would it be made of? The answer was cornhusks. That is not all Betts Doxtater has done on her journey of healing. Listen, and be changed.
Topics: Truth & Reconcilation Commission, language, Art of Peace, McMaster Museum of Art, Rick Monture,...
Art Waves
Feb 28, 2016
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Each of tonight's guests has contributed a volume to Porcupine's Quill's beautiful Essential Poets Series. Amanda Jernigan selected and edited The Essential Richard Outram; Ingrid Ruthig selected and edited The Essential Anne Wilkinson, and Shane Nielson selected and edited The Essential Travis Lane. Each one talks about how and why s/he chose the poems; each one reads poems from his/her poet, and each has brought a poem set to music, just to top off the magic.
Topics: Richard Outram, Barbara Howard, Srul Irving Glick, Valerie Siren, Cecelia Ignatieff, Tim & Elke...
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Feb 28, 2016
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Each of tonight's guests has contributed a volume to Porcupine's Quill's beautiful Essential Poets Series. Amanda Jernigan selected and edited The Essential Richard Outram; Ingrid Ruthig selected and edited Anne Wilkinson, and Shane Nielson selected and edited Travis Lane. Each one talks about how and why s/he chose the poems; each one reads poems from his/her poet, and each has brought a poem set to music, just to top off the magic.
Topics: Porcupine's Quill Essential Poets Series, Tim & Elke Inkster, Richard Outram, Barbara Howard,...
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Jean Ryan heard muralist Lester Coloma at Krista Foss's Process Project series, & was so pumped that I invited her to be Art Waves' first ever Guest Host. It was a delightful combination. You'll have no trouble understanding Jean's enthusiasm when you listen to Lester speak about painting murals. And there's a musical bonus at the end: first Lester's pick of Theme for the Outcast by Pressure Drop, & then most of Summer by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta.
Topics: The Philippines, Krista Foss, the Process Project, mural painting, OCAD, Brebeuf High School,...
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When the great guitarist Brian Griffith died suddenly in Nov. of 2014 it shocked everyone, but it was a terrible grief for his beloved partner Eudena Luther. This Valentine's Day she remembers him on Art Waves. She also brought along some of his unrecorded music to share. So we have included at the end of the podcast five of Brian Griffith's compositions, in this order: Full Heart, Dance With Me, Get Up Let's Go, Dance of the Marionette, and Dark City.  Love never dies.
Topics: Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary, jazz fusion band Rapid Transit, Hess Street Jazz Festival, Fred...
Art Waves
Feb 7, 2016
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Add an hour of storied colour to your day with John Martin. A former tattoo artist and bicycle courier, he now runs the weekly James North Life Drawing sessions. But it's when he talks about the history and the art of stained glass that he begins to emit light like a saint high in a clerestory window—halation, it's called. Prepare to learn about something ancient and fascinating with stained glass artist, John Martin.
Topics: Geordie Manchester, Manchester Applied Craft, pentimenti, Michelangelo's The Libyan Sibyl, Judy...
Art Waves
Jan 31, 2016
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Tonight Art Waves hosts three more Brought to Light writers. Carol Leigh Wehking brings us Catharine Coffin who, with her husband provided a major stop on the Underground Railroad. Barb Rebelo wrote about her great-great-great-great-great grandmother,Elizabeth Warner Chrysler, who was a widow of the Bloody Assizes of Ancaster in 1814. And Ellen Jaffe takes us inside the life of the brilliant scientist, Rosalind Franklin.
Topics: Underground Railroad, Catharine & Levi Coffin, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Eliza, The Ancaster Bloody...
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Jan 24, 2016
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Viga Boland wrote four full-length memoirs over a two-year period. They poured out of her, once she felt supported and encouraged enough to tell her difficult story—once she was freed from the prison of silence that had held her for sixty-five years. Now her message to those who suffer child abuse is twofold: it's not your fault; and don't keep the secret.  To hear a powerful story of healing, tune in to this episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Erma Bombeck, Oprah Winfrey, Victoria Boland, Andrew Rudd, John Boland, Turner Park Library,...
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Jan 17, 2016
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Sandee Ewasiuk paints a highly coloured, animated world which invites the viewer to imagine it into a narrative. She says she would rather paint the table in her head than the one standing beside her, and after you listen to her,  the table beside you may start to dance a little jig as well. To see things differently, listen to Sandee Ewasiuk.
Topics: yoga, Puerto Rico, DVSA, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Senior Centre, Niagara College, Ken...
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Jan 10, 2016
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The writer-in-residence this year for McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library is the accomplished and award-winning writer, Kim Echlin. In this fascinating interview she proves her skill as a master storyteller, on topics ranging from the oldest know poetry in the world, to the latest technology which links us to cultures all over the world.
Topics: communication, witness, Karachi Pakistan, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Arvo Part, outreach dental...
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Art Waves offered its listeners a Christmas surprise when host Bernadette Rule's son Ross visited the show with a stocking full of eclectic and brilliant carols. Of course there were complications and further surprises when the playlist went missing, but a merry and most enlightening time was had by all.
Topics: The Brennan Sisters, Willy Brennan, Gordon Lightfoot, Wexford Carol, Alison Kraus & Yo Yo Ma,...
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Dec 13, 2015
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As a seasoned journalist, a budding painter, and even as the nephew and namesake of one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Hamilton's Wade Hemsworth has probed some of the darkest moments life has to offer, as well as some of the most sublime. A compelling and wise storyteller, Hemsworth will leave you wanting to hear more.
Topics: Hamilton Spectator, Aviva Boxer, journalism, Paul Bernardo, Karla Homolka, Joseph Fritch, Somali...
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Dec 6, 2015
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Filmmaker Terrance Odette seeks to make films that reflect a single vision—his, as the writer and director. His latest feature film, Fall, was inspired by a seminal incident in his own life, but his art form has allowed him to move outside his own experience and try to explore that incident from the perspective of the priest who was his friend and who broke his trust.
Topics: Fall, music videos, Beverley Mahood, Jamie Warren, Julian Austin, Peter Gabriel, NFB shorts, Paddy...
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Nov 29, 2015
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Christine Miscione is a young writer who already has two books under her belt, not to mention several literary prizes. She values fiction for the opportunity it gives us to explore the bloom of what-ifs, and how it might feel to live inside another's skin—even (especially?) the skin of an unlikeable narrator. Tune in for a new perspective on writing.
Topics: Donald Barthelme, Jeffery Donaldson, Ernest Hemingway, Mohawk Creative Writing Program, McMaster,...
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Nov 22, 2015
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Get your four-string banjo on your knee and get ready to croon the old tunes when three members of the Toronto Banjo Band visit 101.5 The Hawk. Dave Robinson, Sally Carroll and Bob Walton will take you to a front porch under streaming willow fronds as they sing and play, and tell us about all things banjo in this delightful episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Jamie MacPherson, Bill Stewart, Don Steel, Georgette Twain, accoustic, Jazz Age, Bacon & Day,...
Art Waves
Nov 15, 2015
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Playwright, actor and director Ryan Sero has devoted himself to the magic exchanged between actors and their audiences. The ancient art of stagecraft remains for him the most exciting way to explore the human soul. With his own company, Make Art Theatre, and with other theatrical groups, he brings to the stage his own plays as well as those of his friends and the great playwrights of the past. Tune in and make some audience magic!
Topics: Kenneth Kelbrook, Aaron Craig, Same Boat Theatre, Hamilton Theatre Inc., The Pearl Company, method...
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Oct 25, 2015
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How are skeptics and believers portrayed in popular culture? And what are the assumptions about the audience for movies, television series and books about the supernatural? The Horror Panel is back for a seventh year of laser-sharp, imaginative discussion and fun. Do you believe this?
Topics: Post-Apocalyptic horror, The Walking Dead, Aaron Allan, The Zombie Movie, The Day the Earth Stood...
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Four more writers from the anthology Brought to Light: More Stories of Forgotten Women tell us about their subjects, why they chose them and how they researched them. Jean Rae Baxter wrote about Methoataske, the mother of Tecumseh. Jane Mulkewich wrote about Sophia Pooley, possibly the first black girl in Canada; she was a slave of Joseph Brant. Krista Foss wrote about the Irish stained glass artist Wilhelmina Geddes. And Richard Van Holst wrote about the Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil.
Topics: Isaac Brock, Muskogee Creek, Shawnee, Methoataske, Tecumseh, Battle of the Thames, Fugitive Slave...
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Oct 11, 2015
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With their Twelve for Swing Orchestra and their production company North Point Entertainment, Tony Sciara and Jim Heaslip have found a way to bring back some of the great performers of the past. Their dinner-show Splish Splash tells the story of Bobby Darin's life one song at a time. And they are going to honour Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday by doing a similar dinner-show about his life and music. The line forms on the right when they do it their way!
Topics: Bobby Darin, Richard Weiss, Connie Francis, Daniela Cardinali, Carmen's Dinner Theatre, Three Penny...
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Three writers from the anthology Brought to Light: More Stories of Forgotten Women tell us about their subjects, why they chose them and how they researched them. Ethel Edey wrote about the last Mi'kmaq shaman of Newfoundland, Lillian Matthews Burden. John Corvese brings Canadian civil rights activist Viola Irene Desmond to light. And Lise Levesque draws the curtain back to reveal Brenda Davies (wife of Robertson) at centre stage.
Topics: Viola Desmond, Jody Nyasha Warner, Wanda Robson, Cape Breton University, Rosa Parks, Nova Scotia...
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Sep 20, 2015
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Sue Waddington was hooking a rug based on an A.Y. Jackson painting of Nellie Lake when she got to wondering whether such a place actually existed. When she found it on a map, she convinced her husband Jim and her two children, Nina and Michael, to go hiking and camping in search of it. Thus was born a great passion for Jim and Sue Waddington—finding and photographing the scenes painted by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.
Topics: Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, rug hooking, orienteering, Nellie Lake, McMichael Gallery, Spring Ice,...
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The amazing Laura Lukasik returns to Art Waves for her September visit to tell us about Hamilton's Children's Literacy Festival Telling Tales, now in its seventh year. But this year she will also tell us about the Short Works Prize Celebration, now it its second year. An organizer behind so many great Hamilton initiatives, she brings a wealth of information about these free cultural events.
Topics: Rotary Clubs, Hamilton Public Library, Bookmobiles, the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Westfield...
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Sep 6, 2015
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With his Hamilton Strips, artist Paul Elia may well have created a new art form—one to do with integrated media, architecture, and community. While walking through the post-industrial streetscapes of his Beasley neighbourhood, he fell in love with the robust vulnerability of houses, factories and stores that had grown up together and outlived their heyday. He began to draw and photograph them. Join Paul Elia on a ramble that will almost certainly improve your vision.
Topics: OCAD, graphic design, streetscapes, Hamilton, Denver, Art Crawl, Dave Kuruc of Mixed Media,...
Art Waves
Aug 23, 2015
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Every quilt tells a story, says Lorna Pennie. As one pioneer quilter put it, I tremble to think of what this quilt knows about me. Pennie makes liberated quilts, breaking all the rules to let her imagination soar. She is a strong believer in the spiritual power of quilts and quilting. She tucks in and covers the whole topic in this delightful hour of Art Waves.
Topics: Ida Ethel Bowker, Harriston Ontario, Ponoka Alberta, pioneer quilters, jelly rolls, charm packs,...
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Aug 16, 2015
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Helen Brink, renowned Dundas potter, says that the work of a potter is meditative. She says the silhouette of a fruit tree branch across the throwing room floor inspires her designs. She says when you shape a cup, you must think of the person who will hold it and drink from it, for form follows function. To appreciate the poetry of pottery, come right to the Brink.
Topics: Japanese Internment Camps, pottery, Sick Kids' Hospital, Andrew Brink, The Ivy Bequest, Rembrandt,...
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Aug 9, 2015
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From the age of five, Bryan Wylie knew he wanted to teach. He grew up to be a beloved and inspiring teacher, first of Latin, then of English, and more recently of Art History. In retirement he remains passionate about learning, and about sharing what he learns. To listen to him is to share his passion.
Topics: Harper Lee, Shakespeare, Philpott Memorial Church, Lane Fusilier, Van Gogh, Dali, Godspell, The...
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Aug 2, 2015
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When I interviewed Inez McClanahan, she was 105, still living on her own in an impeccable apartment, and completely healthy of mind and body--no dementia, no illnesses. When my aunt (her neighbour for many years), my sisters and I arrived, Inez was eating her lunch—a MacDonald's hamburger, chips and a coke! Asked the secret of her longevity, she says she has no idea, but by the end of this interview, you'll know it. She tells of the highs and lows of her long life--and she knows how to tell a...
Topics: longevity, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Graves County Kentucky, tobacco sharecropping, Mayfield, Byrn...
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Jul 19, 2015
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Denis Corr loves to sing. It's as simple as that. He learned the old Irish songs while growing up in County Derry Northern Ireland, many of them at his Auntie May's knee, and between stories of his accomplished life, he sings them for us! Pull up to the radio or the computer and share in an hour of pure delight.
Topics: Brendan Quinn, the South Derry Feis, Corktown Pub, Bonnie & Des Quinn, Dr. Michael Newhouse,...
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Jul 12, 2015
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Ross Pennie retired from a career as a specialist in infectious diseases which took him all over the world, to the island of his own imagination. As the writer of a series of mystery novels featuring Dr. Zol Szabo, Dr. Pennie can continue to probe into infectious diseases. His latest book, Up in Smoke, considers such possibilities in the tobacco trade on native reserves. It may just blow you away.
Topics: Writing Certificate Program at McMaster, tobacco, infectious diseases, talisman, Six Nations...
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Jeffery Donaldson, brilliant poet, McMaster professor and scholar, posits in his latest book, Missing Link: The Evolution of Metaphor & the Metaphor of Evolution, that metaphor is no small matter. He believes--and illustrates--that it is the foundation of science, art and language itself, as it determines for us the boundaries--what is what and what is not what. Tune in for a can-opener of a conversation!
Topics: metaphor, Paul Ricoeur, DNA, Genesis and the Big Bang, Mark Abley, Susan Glickman, ipseity, Sam...
Art Waves
Jun 28, 2015
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Radha S. Menon has led a fascinating, successful, international life in theatre, but she feels she can best express herself as a playwright. Through this art she gives voice to women, animals, even Mother Earth herself. Menon's latest play, Rukmini's Gold, won the Toronto Fringe Festival contest for 2015 and is coming soon to a theatre near you!
Topics: Red Betty Theatre, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bishop Cotton School, Rotary...
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May 31, 2015
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Janet Turpin Myers' second novel, The Last Year of Confusion has just been released from Seraphim Editions, and is a worthy successor to her 2013 debut Nightswimming. It tells the story of two dear friends, Villis—a Latvian survivor of the Gulag Work Prisons, whose outlook is rather negative—and Bipin, an Indian follower of Gandhi, whose outlook is quite positive. Both are passionate ecological activists despite their advanced age.
Topics: Latvia, Gulag Work Prisons, nematodes, North Burlington, yoga, Captain John Early, Gandhi, Easter...
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May 24, 2015
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Tonight Art Waves welcomes perhaps its own best listener—Jo Field--herself an artist in many genres: collage, jewelry-making, millinery, poetry, singing, photography, design and many more. She also has a shop on etsy.com. Jo considers herself more of a craftsperson than a real artist, but I disagree. Jo Field lives in the arts. In this episode, artist and audience come together in one person to make magic!
Topics: found objects, collage, Black Adder and Queenie, Joseph Cornell, "mending", New...
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Apr 26, 2015
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Sculptor, Paul Cvetich's most famous work is the Monument to Workers Injured and Killed on the Job, which stands at the corner of Main and Bay in front of Hamilton's City Hall. Like all good art, it engenders controversy, discussion and deep emotion. To learn about that piece and much else, tune in for a spirited and sometimes surprising conversation.
Topics: George Wallace, Hamilton & District Labour Council, Documenta of Kassel Germany, Richard Serra,...
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Apr 12, 2015
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GritLit founder Krista Foss joins coordinator Jennifer Gillies to talk about the exciting eleventh year of Hamilton's literary festival. Bohemian tales? Murder mysteries? Comedies? Whatever your literary interests, they are sure to be stirred by gritLit 2015 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Apr.16 to the 19.
Topics: AGH, Wolsak & Wynn, Noelle Allen, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Epic Books, G.H. Gordon Books,...
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Mar 15, 2015
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In the fall of 2014 Seraphim Editions published the anthology Engraved: Canadian Stories of World War One. It's a powerful collection of stories about how that war changed Canadian society. This episode of Art Waves welcomes three Engraved writers: Carol Leigh Wehking, who wrote about conscientious objector Edwin Zavitz; Jean Ryan, who wrote about a WWI nurse from Paris, Ont.; and Lise Levesque, who wrote about the tragedy of her grandfather, Edouard Quirion.
Topics: Religious Society of Friends, Edwin Zavitz, Sidwell School, conscription, the American Friends...
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Mar 8, 2015
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Canadian historical art is the province of Art Gallery of Hamilton curator, Tobi Bruce. It takes her wherever Canadian artists have gone, and so far that includes Europe, from Paris to the remote Swedish island of Gotland, where William Blair Bruce lived, and all over Canada itself. Her job is to explore Canadian art treasures and bring them to us--a sweet job executed beautifully by a talented and engaging woman.
Topics: Alicia Boutilier, Melissa Bennett, Christine Braun, the Tanenbaum donation, Patrick Shaw Cable,...
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Feb 22, 2015
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Leeanne D'Alesio would say she is not a professional artist, yet her portrait of Kristine Tortora is one of the most compelling portraits I've ever seen. Which goes to show that you don't have to be a professional to do brilliant work. D'Alesio calls it magic. But she also says nothing is actually black and white. To explore what it takes to make art, tune in to this conversation.
Topics: Hamilton Public Library Gallery on 4, McMaster Innovation Park, You Me Gallery, George Wallace,...
Art Waves
Feb 1, 2015
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Listening starts by hearing silence, says cellist Rachel Mercer, a woman as complex as a Beethoven string quartet. She plays solo, in the Mercer-Park Duo, the Mercer-Oh Trio, the Ensemble Made in Canada quartet, and groups of every size, right up to symphony orchestras. She also teaches at the U. of T. and is the artistic director of 5 at the First chamber music series. Mercer current plays the 1769 Joannes Guillami Filius Cello from the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank. Listen.
Topics: Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, 1769 Joannes Guillami Filius Cello, Denis...
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Jan 18, 2015
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Wayne Jones is a Guyanese-Canadian who carries his home culture inside him wherever he goes. It offers him laughter and sweetness and endless fascination. In his many books—and now on Art Waves--Jones shares that treasure with the rest of us.
Topics: Buxton Guyana, Thomas Fowell Buxton, Amerinidans, Hamilton Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association,...
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Jan 11, 2015
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Charles Meanwell is an artist who seeks to capture experience, rather than meaning. To experience the meaning of Charles Meanwell is pure delight. He just may be the book beside the one you went to the library to check out—the one that changes your life. Why is making art like walking into a door? Experience this episode of Art Waves to find out!
Topics: Hamilton Arts & Letters, Descant, AGH, Stewart Reid, Barker Fairley, Vince Thomas, Goodridge...
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Jan 5, 2015
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Famous for his plays and books, his LGBT activism and simply for his raw talent, Sky Gilbert is also a very serious man. To talk to him is to begin to understand how he has been so prolific and how it is that he does everything so well. Here is a fascinating hour you won't soon forget.
Topics: East York Skating Club, Auntie Ozzie, Don Mills, Lydia Gilbert, Ayn Rand, Dan Hill, Simpson's Drama...
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Dec 14, 2014
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Jeffery Donaldson returns to Art Waves with his new collection of essays on poetry and poetics entitled Echo Soundings. For a lively discussion of ghostly encounters with mentors in poetry, the current renaissance in Canadian poetry, and all things poetic and spiritual, drop a stone of attention into this hour of Art Waves.
Topics: Karen Schindler, U. of T. Quarterly, W.H. Auden, John Terpstra, Mark Strand, Marianne Moore, James...
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Dec 7, 2014
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In his debut novel, Ocular Proof, John Delacourt balances two narratives set in two different centuries, one in the 20th and one in the 15th. Written partly in prose and partly in sonnets, it is a compelling reflection on such concepts as the effect of technology on human consciousness, what is real vs what is fake, and the force of history on society. Come on in; the waves are deep!
Topics: Toronto Fringe Festival, A. S. Byatt, The Oulipo Group, Harry Mathews, Italo Calvino, Machiavelli,...
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Nov 16, 2014
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Marc di Saverio is a dynamic and passionate young poet who believes that poetry is too important to be thought of as simply the beautiful picture on the hospital wall, but which must become the CPR! He reads as if it's a matter of life or death, and you cannot but be swept into his tidal wave of words and emotion. To listen is indeed to be resuscitated.
Topics: Brian Griffith, Adam Getty, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Emile Nelligan, Rambaud,...
Art Waves
Nov 9, 2014
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Poet Stan White returns to Art Waves to discuss the state of modern poetry, parallels between poetry and painting, and much else. He has just published another chapbook, this one entitled Oddities, and it is full of his usual wit, whimsy and wisdom.
Topics: Shakespeare, Dante, The Arkengarthdale Mines, Ben Lerner, Fantastic Voyage, H. V. Morton, Van Gogh,...
Art Waves
Nov 2, 2014
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Singer songwriter Peter Tigchelaar returns to Art Waves to tell us about two exciting new projects: his newly minted fourth CD entitled Better Things, and his monthly invitation to songwriters and listeners to attend the Songcrafters' Circle at the Flagship Gallery on James St. North every third Thursday at 8 pm. For an extremely moving hour of music rising from dark places, don't miss Art Waves 233.
Topics: Tim Bosma, Gary Kickert, ukelele, John Terpstra, Kalahari Bushmen, Jason Collett, Psalms, James...
Art Waves
Oct 26, 2014
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Aaron Allen, Rhonda Dynes and Barbara Ferguson return for their much-awaited report on the world of horror, be it books, movies or television. This year, as per listener request, they are going to tell about their true life experiences of the supernatural as well. Get that garlic around your neck and tune in!
Topics: stigmata, John McNabb, ghost hunters, World War Z, Nigel Farndale, Jaws by Peter Benchley, Toronto...
Art Waves
Oct 19, 2014
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Singer songwriter Paul Hogeterp has just released his first CD, Low Country Hill. His intention was to create a record with inviting sonic architecture and good old-fashioned soul. If you are hungry for some soul food of another kind, tune in.
Topics: Dave King, Daniel Lanois, Sigur Ros, post rock, U2, the Waterboys, Bach, Rob Vanhartingsveldt, The...
Art Waves
Sep 28, 2014
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The third in Jill Downie's series of mysteries set on the island of Guernsey gave us the excuse we were seeking to invite her back to Art Waves. For more fascinating conversation about the puzzles Ed Moretti and Liz Falla work to solve, not least of which is their relationship, eavesdrop on episode 230.
Topics: Laura Boyle, Dundurn Publishing, Kirk Howard, Isaac Brock, Georges Simenon, Agatha Christie,...
Art Waves
Sep 14, 2014
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John Terpstra's fourth book of nonfiction is about to be launched. The House with the Parapet Wall began with an invitation from Paul Lisson to write something for the online journal Hamilton Arts & Letters. The invitation gave Terpstra a way to write about his mother's diminishment and eventual death. Like the book itself, this interview became a meditation on the role art can play in helping us through the loss of a loved one.
Topics: Hamilton Arts & Letters, Paul Lisson, Fiona Kinsella, Peter Stevens, Kate and Anna Mcgarrigle,...
Art Waves
Sep 7, 2014
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Laura Lukasic returns to Art Waves with children's singer Rob Blundson to tell us all about the terrific children's literacy festival, Telling Tales, set this year for Sept. 14 at Westfield Heritage Village. Admission is free and guess who'll be there to celebrate 40 years of Alligator Pie...
Topics: Rotary Clubs, Westfield Heritage Village, Hamilton Public Library, Susan Jaspar, Bryan Prince...
Art Waves
Sep 1, 2014
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Raphael Smith Keelan was born into a hippie commune in Perth County Ontario and that influence is clear in her free-flowing idealistic music. To experience a further blossoming of the Flower Child Era join us for Art Waves 229.
Topics: Gordon Lightfoot, Grant Ave. Studios, The Washingtons, Richard Keelan, Cheryl Smith, glass art,...
Art Waves
Aug 24, 2014
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Paul Richard James teaches people how to paint in the style of the old masters.  If you've ever longed to return to an atelier in some previous century in Paris or Rome, just pop on a beret and open your ears as to how to open your eyes and paint like Rembrandt, Caravaggio or Sargent.
Topics: The Slow Movement, portraiture, hyper-realism, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Fauvism, Abstract...
Art Waves
Aug 17, 2014
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Writer Ellen Jaffe returns to Art Waves to discuss her new collection of poems, Skinny Dipping with the Muse.  She also has a new hat to wear, as contributing editor of the cross-border literary magazine, The Great Lakes Review.  Throw off your clothes and dive in to Art Waves!
Topics: Lorna Crozier, Wintergreen Studio, Rena Upitis, James Strecker, Rita Chiarelli, Hannele Pohjanmies,...
Art Waves
Aug 10, 2014
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Music scholar Alan Walker has dedicated much of his life to the story and the music of Franz Liszt.  His definitive three-volume biography of Liszt took twenty-five years to write, but he isn't finished with the great man yet.  For an eloquent and passionate hour, tune in to Art Waves 224.
Topics: Wilhelm Backhaus, Arthur Rubenstein, John Ogden, Louis Kentner, Valerie Tryon, Alvar Lidell,...
Art Waves
Aug 3, 2014
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Patrik Jandak moved from Slovakia, when he was the President's official photographer, to Canada, where he has a portrait studio and operates PH Photography Magazine.  For an intense discussion of his roles as a political, documentary, and fine art nude photographer, focus on Art Waves 223.
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Topics: Russell Smith, Auguste Rodin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Rob McClennan, Antonin Kratochvil, Richard...
Art Waves
Jul 27, 2014
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Bernie Hudecki is a retired teacher who has never retired from the arts.  He has written over 300 songs and is a passionate pointillist.  The creativity and wisdom he brought to the classroom continues to shine forth in his life. Make it a point to tune in!
Topics: CYO, John Hudecki, MaryAnne Hudecki, Peter Hudecki, Cathedral High School, The Mikado, Anne Marie...
Art Waves
Jul 20, 2014
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Known to Art Waves first as a busking a cappella singer, Gord Simmons returns to tell us of his new career as a lighting and sound technician.  To learn about pink sound, diagetic sound, gobos and much more, lend us your ears!
Topics: Rib Fest, Jack Johnson, The Lyric Theatre, The Baltimore House, The Corktown, QSC speakers, Dusk...
Art Waves
Jun 29, 2014
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Krista Foss's debut novel, Smoke River, has just been released from Random House.  Set in the charged context of a southern Ontario land claim dispute, Foss's career as a novelist hits the ground running.  She reveals the surprising roots of her passion for this subject in Art Waves 220.
Topics: Caledonia land claim dispute, The People of the Pines, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance",...
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Stephanie Yates and Tyson Brinacombe are overflowing with creativity and talent.  As singer/songwriters, recordists, and many other things, they bring their own music and that of their musical community to full fruition, both live and in various recorded forms.  Join these two independent musicians for a delightful conversation.
Topics: cassettes and vinyl, The Ramones, Missed Connection Records, Little Room Labs, She Roars, Nathan...
Art Waves
May 25, 2014
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Lynne Kittredge-Fox has midwifed a new CD for children that everybody in the family is going to love.  It's called A Mighty Tribe and features many fine Canadian singers, musicians and songwriters.  Best of all, the proceeds from the CD go to support children's literacy.  Hear some live and some recorded tracks in this party of an interview.
Topics: Alek Bromke, Tom Wilson, Harlan Pepper, Michelle Titian, Bradley Hales, The Killin Time Band, Peg...
Art Waves
May 4, 2014
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Nate Johnson sculpts with wool.  That's right, wool.  His fascination with narrative, metamorphosis and the history of materials leads him to create life-sized sculptures from felted wool.  But he's not trying to pull the wool over your eyes--quite the opposite. Tune in!
Topics: Bob Yates, needlefelting, Mark Byk, Kristine Tortora, Ron Mueck, natejohnsonart.com,...
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You may think you know your town, but you don't know her until you've been to Doors Open, the amazing free history and architecture festival.  It happens in Hamilton on the first weekend of every May and is two days of pure delight.  Architecture expert Shannon Kyles came by to tell us what's up for Doors Open 2014.
Topics: Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Military Museum, Dundurn Castle, Whitehern, Gryphon Cottage,...